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... will return when we can all gather safely in person once again.

Past workshop offerings have included: 

Shacharit & Elul Study     After warming up our spirits with prayers of the morning service, we will delve into teachings related to the month of Elul, the weeks leading up to the Ten Days of Teshuvah/Turning. How can we best prepare for the new year?  What does it mean to make a “soul accounting,” one of the traditional practices of Elul?  Adults and teens invited to explore!

Exploring Teshuvah through Poetry and Art     The High Holidays liturgy is bursting with beautiful and evocative imagery.  In this session, we will explore one prayer, Hashivenu, in depth.  We will discuss the images and feelings this prayer evokes in us, and we will use these insights to create our own poetry and art work.

Connect with Stories     Share and listen to stories of times in our lives when we felt a sense of connection – spiritually, or to other people, nature, animals, or a shared purpose. Cindy will prompt memories and images, and facilitate an exchange to help participants connect with each other.

Gentle Yoga and Meditation     When we are surrounded by stress, we often forget to breathe. In this workshop we will use our breath and gentle movement to ease the tension in our bodies and still the chatter in our minds. No experience required! All you need is comfortable clothing, a blanket/towel, and a pillow. If you have a yoga mat, bring it along.

Yiddish Shabbat Song     Come learn spirited Yiddish Shabbat songs that are perfect for singing at the Shabbat dinner table, by yourself while taking a walk, or any other time! No prior Yiddish knowledge or singing experience needed; bring your enthusiasm.

Returning Through Rhythm     Participants will engage actively in a group percussion experience exploring relevant themes of the upcoming holidays. The cyclic themes of returning to one’s self,  reflection on the previous year,and the interpretation of moving from “back-to-back” to “face-to-face” during the month of Elul will be at the center of a number of musical expressions geared toward all ages. Percussion instruments will be available for use, but if any interested participants have drums or small hand percussion to bring, that will open up the number of options for all.

Writing as a Spiritual Practice     Want to explore a new way to ground yourself and feel less "stuck" in these challenging times? Join us for a brief writing workshop to engage with the complexity of our lives and access language for what we love, what we fear, and what we might not have been able to write about before. Together, we'll do some timed writing exercises and explore how we can cultivate a daily writing practice to free the writer within each of us. 

Spinning     T’shuva is a process of turning and turning and turning- like your hoola hoop! In this workshop we will spin around and play with hoola hoops to help us remember where we’ve been this year, and what we want to bring with us into the new year. (Hoola hoops will be provided, but please bring one if you have your own.)

Music and Movement for Little Ones     Specifically geared for families with children aged 0-6. 

Tot Shabbat     Songs, stories and activities for children ages 0-5 and their parents.

Fri, October 15 2021 9 Cheshvan 5782